Silvano – a fine stakes double

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The Guineas meeting at Turffontein provided Silvano with yet another fine stakes double, pride of place going to three-year-old daughter Summer Pudding, who kept her unbeaten record intact when she captured the opening leg of the Triple Tiara, the Gr.2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas.

Not even a slow run race and a dropped rein could prevent the filly from a first classic score, over a distance patently on the sharp side. Always prominent, she momentarily looked flat-footed in the run to the line, but once she hit her best stride, she asserted in the closing stages to score by a neck.

Still perfect in four starts, she followed up on a similarly hard-fought victory in the Gr.3 Fillies Mile and is clearly crying out for more ground. Winning jockey Warren Kennedy admitted as such and feels the Triple Tiara is now at her mercy.

Trainer Paul Peter inherited Summer Pudding from his mentor Ormond Ferraris, who trained Summer Pudding’s dam, Gr.3 Jacaranda Handicap winner Cherry On The Cake (Strike Smartly) and her half-sister, the Triple Tiara victress Cherry On The Top (Tiger Ridge). Both raced in the famed Oppenheimer colours, as does Summer Pudding. Jessica Jell was on-course to lead in her homebred filly.

Earlier, Silvano five-year-old Silver God set up the stakes double for his sire with a fluent victory in the Listed Wolf Power 1600. After tracking the pace, Sean Tarry’s charge took the shortest route home, hit the front a furlong out and stayed on determinedly to hold a late challenge from favourite D’Arrivee by the best part of a length. Owned by Chris van Niekerk, the bay became the latest in an ever-growing tally of stakes winners for Silvano and is bred on the same cross as champion Marinaresco and Gr.1 winner Nightingale.

Silver God is a half-brother to a pair of Gr.1 winners in Cape Guineas hero William Longsword and SA Fillies Sprint victress Real Princess. The trio’s dam Pagan Princess is a winning half-sister to champion stayer Kelly, Dubai Horse of the Year and Maine Chance stallion Victory Moon, stakes winner Flame, and Gr.1-placed Arabian Pearl.